Bruce Springsteen's Biographer on the Boss' Ten Most Pivotal Moments
1994: Springsteen wins an Oscar for best song with "Streets of Philadelphia" from the movie Philadelphia, both dealing with the prejudices associated with AIDS.
Burger's take: "I think it was the first music he ever wrote for a film. It was a different kind of song for him, more of a pop song, but it was very political. He was an early supporter of the gay rights movement. There's a great interview with the editor of the Advocate where he talks very eloquently about gay marriage before anyone else was talking about it."
2002: The release of The Rising was one of the first works in any medium to directly deal with 9/11.
Burger's take: "It was a very hard subject to write about. There was still raw emotion for a lot of people, and if you got it wrong or trivialized it in any way, you could be accused of trying to make money off of a tragic event. There are all kinds of ways it could have gone wrong, but sincerity came through. He met with a lot of surviving families and widows of the people who died, and it comes across in the music. I think it's a fantastic album."
2011: Longtime E Street Band saxophonist and shoulder Springsteen (literally and metaphorically) leans on for the album cover of Born to Run, Clarence Clemons, dies.
Burger's take: "I have Springsteen's eulogy of Clemons in the book. It was really moving and kind of surprising. I had no idea Clemons wasn't the easiest guy to be around. Springsteen with his typical candor gave hints about that. He didn't go into detail, but they were very close for decades. I'm sure that was a tough thing for him."
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